© 2017

Handbook of Social Behavior and Skills in Children

  • Johnny L. Matson
  • Examines a broad range of topics relating to children's social behaviors and skills

  • Explores effects of numerous behavioral disorders and problems on children's social skills excesses and deficits

  • Addresses issues relating to adaptive and challenging behaviors and how to observe and record social skills

  • Describes various training models (e.g., social learning, parent and peer treatments, self-control methods, and curricula)


Part of the Autism and Child Psychopathology Series book series (ACPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Johnny L. Matson, Claire O. Burns
    Pages 1-8
  3. Steven G. Little, John Swangler, Angeleque Akin-Little
    Pages 9-17
  4. Catia Cividini-Motta, Sarah E. Bloom, Claudia Campos
    Pages 19-45
  5. Patricia Soto-Icaza, Pablo Billeke
    Pages 47-62
  6. Karen Milligan, Annabel Sibalis, Ashley Morgan, Marjory Phillips
    Pages 63-82
  7. Susan M. Vener, Alison M. Wichnick-Gillis, Claire L. Poulson
    Pages 83-99
  8. W. Jason Peters, Johnny L. Matson
    Pages 101-114
  9. Marc J. Lanovaz, Marie-Michèle Dufour, Malena Argumedes
    Pages 115-132
  10. Renae Beaumont, Jo Hariton, Shannon Bennett, Amy Miranda, Elisabeth Sheridan Mitchell
    Pages 133-147
  11. Yair Ziv, Moti Benita, Inbar Sofri
    Pages 149-173
  12. John Sharry, Caoimhe Doyle
    Pages 199-215
  13. Chieko Kanai, Gabor Toth, Miho Kuroda, Atsuko Miyake, Takashi Itahashi
    Pages 217-248
  14. Jeff Sigafoos, Giulio E. Lancioni, Nirbhay N. Singh, Mark F. O’Reilly
    Pages 249-271
  15. Katy E. Tresco, Jessie L. Kessler, Jennifer A. Mautone
    Pages 273-292
  16. Thompson E. Davis III, Peter Castagna, Georgia Shaheen, Erin Tarcza Reuther
    Pages 293-322
  17. Kimberly Renk, J’Nelle Stephenson, Maria Khan, Annelise Cunningham
    Pages 323-361
  18. Patrick Pössel, Thomas D. Meyer
    Pages 363-381
  19. Back Matter
    Pages 383-390

About this book


This handbook addresses a broad range of topics relating to children’s social behaviors and skills. It examines numerous disorders and problems that are directly affected by excesses and deficits of social skills. The book begins by providing an overview of the history and definition of social skills, citing it as a critical aspect of children’s development. Chapters discuss developmental issues, provide theories of social competence, and assemble proven strategies for promoting the growth of social skills and for treating their deficits.  The handbook also reviews a variety of methods for assessing various social competencies, including direct and naturalistic observation, skills checklists, self-reports, and functional behavior analysis. In addition, it provides a comprehensive overview of various training methods, including social learning, parent and peer treatments, self-control methods, social skill group programs, and curricula. 

Topics featured in the Handbook include:
  • Current research and practical strategies for promoting children’s social and emotional competence in schools.
  • Social skills in children with autism spectrum disorder.
  • Intellectual disabilities and their effect on social skills. 
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and its effect on the development of social skills in children.
  • Evidence-based methods of dealing with social difficulties in conduct disorder.  
The Handbook of Social Behavior and Skills in Children is a must-have resource for researchers, graduate students, clinicians, and related therapists and professionals in clinical child and school psychology, pediatrics, social work, developmental psychology, behavioral therapy/rehabilitation, child and adolescent psychiatry, and special education.


ABA and social skills in children ADHD and social skills Anxiety disorders and social skills Applied Behavioral Analysis and social skills Autism spectrum disorder and social behavior Bipolar disorder, psychosis, and social skills Challenging behaviors and social skills Chronic disease and social skills Comorbidity and adaptive behavior deficits Conduct disorders and social skills Depression and social behavior Differential diagnosis and social skills Intellectual disabilities and adaptive social skills Operant conditioning and social skills Parent and peer training in social skills School curricula and social skills Self-control and social skills in children Self-injury and children Social skills group programs for children Social skills assessment and treatment

Editors and affiliations

  • Johnny L. Matson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA

About the editors

Johnny L. Matson, Ph.D., is Professor and Distinguished Research Master in the Department of Psychology at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, U.S.A. He has also previously held a professorship in psychiatry and clinical psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of more than 800 publications including 41 books. He served as the Founding Editor-in-Chief for the journals Research in Developmental Disabilities (Elsevier) and Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders (Elsevier) and currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (Springer).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Handbook of Social Behavior and Skills in Children
  • Editors Johnny L. Matson
  • Series Title Autism and Child Psychopathology Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Autism,Child Psychopathology Ser.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-64591-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-87829-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-64592-6
  • Series ISSN 2192-922X
  • Series E-ISSN 2192-9238
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 390
  • Number of Illustrations 9 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Child and School Psychology
    Social Work
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“This outstanding book paves the way for future research and treatment development as it advances the field of social skills training in children to include children with special needs and neurodevelopmental disorders. This much-needed book is a welcome addition to the field and helps to advance the science, research, and practical application of treatment strategies for improving social behavior and skills in children.” (Michael S. Goldsby, Doody's Book Reviews, May, 2018)